Bangladesh: Quota reform activists give 7-day ultimatum to withdraw cases

Published on: April 19, 2018

'If the cases are not withdrawn within the stipulated time, classes and examinations at all universities and colleges across the country will be boycotted for an indefinite period.'

 
Quota reform activists give 7-day ultimatum to withdraw cases
Bangladesh Sadharan Chhatra Odhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad Joint Convener Nurul Haque speaks at a press briefing in front of the DU Central Library on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Dhaka Tribune
 
Bangladesh Sadharan Chhatra Odhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad has threatened to boycott classes and examinations at all universities and colleges across the country for an indefinite period if the three cases filed over the quota reform demonstrations are not withdrawn within seven days.

Nurul Haque, joint convener of the platform, came up with the threat at a press conference in front of the Dhaka University (DU) Central Library Wednesday afternoon.

“General students might be harassed in the cases filed against unidentified protesters over the quota reform movement. So, the cases must be withdrawn within the next seven days,” he said.

He continued: “If the cases are not withdrawn within the stipulated time, classes and examinations at all universities and colleges across the country will be boycotted for an indefinite period.”

He also sought security for the quota protesters.

Rashed Khan, another joint convener, alleged that those who led the movement were being threatened in various ways, including the social media.

He urged the authorities concerned to ensure security of the protesters who had actively participated in the quota reform movement.

The platform leaders also demanded that those involved in the attack on the residence of the DU vice-chancellor be identified through scrutinizing CCTV camera footages and brought to book.

They also demanded immediate execution of the Prime Minister’s announcement to abolish the quota reform in public service.

Another joint convener Faruk Hossain was, among others, present at the press conference.

On April 11 last, four cases were filed against unnamed people over clashes and vandalism on the DU campus and attack on the vice-chancellor’s residence during demonstrations demanding reforms of the existing quota system in government jobs.

Courtesy: Dhaka Tribune